Art Briles Faces ‘Hurdles’ Before Approval as Grambling State Football OC

Grambling State has announced former Baylor head coach Art Briles as its next offensive coordinator, but his hiring is subject to majority approval by the 16-member University of Louisiana System in an April 28 vote, per Koki Riley of the Monroe News-Star.

“It’s up to the board and our board takes things very seriously,” vice president of external affairs and chief of staff for the UL System Cami Geisman said. “They’re not a rubber-stamp board by any means.”

UL System President Jim Henderson provided additional comments.

“Certainly when there is a high-profile hire, there’s going to be additional scrutiny at the System level,” he said Friday, without referring to Briles specifically.

Per Brad Reagan of the Wall Street Journal, 17 women reported sexual or domestic assaults that involved 19 players who were at Baylor while Briles coached the Bears.

A lawsuit from a Baylor University graduate filed in 2017 said that 31 Baylor football players committed 52 acts of rape at minimum between 2011 and 2014, per Sarah Mervosh of the Dallas Morning News.

Per Marvosh, “those figures could not be independently verified … and Baylor officials declined to comment on their accuracy.”

Baylor fired Briles in 2016 after an independent investigation by the law firm Pepper Hamilton found significant problems within the football program, athletic department and the school’s administration in responding to the allegations.

Author: Lucy Green